Communication with the Shoulders
Continuing on the topic of shoulder alignment (see last Blog Post "Where are the shoulders going?") Kaya and I have spent some time improving our communication: the connection between my shoulders and hers...
This time, instead of reading... you can just sit back and watch a video :-)
I have uploaded a video to my Youtube channel, about an exercise with a square of poles. It is so helpful to use poles, cones, cavaletti and other obstacles when riding.
Benefits of using tools and obstacles are plenty!
For the rider:
we have a clearer plan, and therefore a clearer intention
we can better recognize our own alignment
there is a focus point to keep watching where you're going
no accepting "maybe" answers, we achieved our goal or we didn't. This makes it super easy to know when to try again and when to reward big time!
For the horse:
the horse can relate to what we are asking, moving towards/away/around makes more sense than just riding exercises in open space
the horse is mentally challenged and engaged, trainings are more varied and interesting
healthy movement and posture are coming more naturally
Enjoy this video and you can leave me any questions in the comments!
Love from Saskia and Kaya